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Carlos ROLON/DZINE Biography

Carlos Rolón/Dzine (b. 1970, Chicago, IL) attended Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in painting and drawing. In the past several years, Rolón has been recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, mate sculpture and works that come out of Kustom Kulture. His studio practice investigates pop culture, craft, ritual, beauty and it's relationship to art history, subculture, appropriation and the institution. The work often address his own biography by melding memory and the imaginary with carefully crafted, hybrid works that are playfully situated between the contradictory worlds of conspicuous consumption and urban artifact. The works is at once melancholic excessive and exuberant, poised somewhere between celebration and regret. Rollin illuminates how the masculine can become delicate and how the baroque can be minimal. 

The artist has held solo exhibitions at The Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico , San Juan, puerto Rico; and CAM Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. 

His work has also been exhibited in group shows at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museo del Barrio, New York and Centro Atlantico de Arta Moderno (CAAM), Canary Islands. In 2007 Rolón represented Ukraine in the 52nd Venice Biennale. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation awake for Painting and Sculpture. Recent commissions include Rolls Royce Motor Cars as a part of the company's innovative initiative and the Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project.

Rolón's work is included in the following public collections: Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Brooklyn Museum, New York; itof Chicago Public Art Collection; Museo del Barrio, New York; Museo de Arta de Puerto Rico, San Juan, puerto Rico; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine, among others.